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Setting a rogue to catch a rogue: the changing face of Lincoln's Law

22 August 2016

International Law Office

The False Claims Act is big business for the US government. Since January 2009, the government has recovered more than $30 billion through False Claims Act cases, with more than half of that from cases involving alleged fraud against federal healthcare programmes. It is a far cry from the act's humble beginnings – a law first conceived during the American Civil War as Congress sought a solution to the problem of fraudulent sales to the military. The importance of the act to the healthcare sector was still a century away.

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